Long-term unemployed to get firefighter training to boost morale

Southend Standard: Reporting for duty - the Firebreak crew on parade at Hawkwell Reporting for duty - the Firebreak crew on parade at Hawkwell

LONG-TERM unemployed people from Southend are being helped back to work by a course run by the fire service.

The Firebreak course, at Hawkwell fire station, gave 15 people basic firefighter training, including the chance to use hoses and breathing apparatus, in an effort to boost their confidence and teamwork and decision-making skills The course was part of a £23,000 six-month project funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The aim is to develop life skills in long-term unemployed people better to prepare them for the world of work, or training.

Southend Council and community interest companies such as the SeeJobGroup, Comfy Saddle and Cook4Life are involved, as are NHS Trainers, Legacy Leisure and Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

By the end of the project, 60 unemployed adults will have been on courses offering, personal training, job hunting help and advice on shopping economically and preparing healthy meals as well as the Firebreak course.

Southend Council deputy leader John Lamb said: “This is an immensely positive project to help people who have long struggled to find work overcome some of their hurdles and face the future with confidence.”

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5:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Great idea. Most will be qualified in volleyball, snooker, sleeping and moonlighting at the end of the course.
Great idea. Most will be qualified in volleyball, snooker, sleeping and moonlighting at the end of the course. RochfordRob

6:33pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Minceir. says...

What complete nonsense this idea is. People need jobs, not silly games to play.
What complete nonsense this idea is. People need jobs, not silly games to play. Minceir.

7:21pm Wed 19 Feb 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Should someone trip over a hose, compo they will get,
Should someone trip over a hose, compo they will get, carnmountyouknowitmakessense

11:02pm Wed 19 Feb 14

emcee says...

Training or retraining for REAL work is what the long term unemployed need, not pointless and patronising so called confidence building schemes. The reason the long term unemployed do not feel confident is because they have lost all hope in finding work. Give them back that hope and the confidence will return.
The DWP should be sending the long term unemployed to college and training them for the real skills the modern workplace requires.

However, REAL training cost money and investment and I am afraid this is what it all boils down to. The DWP are only prepared to fund the cheapest way to give the unemployed something to do so they (the DWP) can tick some boxes.

Playing at being firemen today but back on the road to No Hope City tomorrow.
Training or retraining for REAL work is what the long term unemployed need, not pointless and patronising so called confidence building schemes. The reason the long term unemployed do not feel confident is because they have lost all hope in finding work. Give them back that hope and the confidence will return. The DWP should be sending the long term unemployed to college and training them for the real skills the modern workplace requires. However, REAL training cost money and investment and I am afraid this is what it all boils down to. The DWP are only prepared to fund the cheapest way to give the unemployed something to do so they (the DWP) can tick some boxes. Playing at being firemen today but back on the road to No Hope City tomorrow. emcee

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